The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing the COVID vaccine.
Officials believe that they are the first service members to be fired for not getting the vaccine.
Over 1,000 Air Force personnel have refused the vax.
Over 4,700 Air Force personnel have sought a religious exemption from the vaccine mandate.
BREAKING ðŸš¨ The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. – Washington Post
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The U.S. Air Force has discharged 27 service members who refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 2 in compliance with the Department of Defense mandate.
Forty Air Force and Space ForceÂ recruitsÂ reportedly were forced to leave training in October after refusing to receive the vaccine. Officials believe this is the first case of fully enlisted members being discharged for disobeying the mandate, but this time, those removed were in their first enlistment term, according toÂ The Associated PressÂ (AP).
The 27 now-former Air Force members failed to seek any type of exemption â€“ medical, administrative or religious â€“ and were formally removed for failing to obey an order, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said on Monday.
More than 1,000 Air Force personnel have refused the vaccine while more than 4,700 are seeking an exemption on religious grounds, AP reports.
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